Third Reading

Part of Deregulation Bill – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 4th March 2015.

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Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Labour 6:30 pm, 4th March 2015

I do not want to interrupt the noble Lord, because I agree with everything he has said. When he discussed this with Westminster, I am curious to know whether they discussed the insurance implications—not so much the contents, but one assumes that the owner in a block of flats pays insurance through the service charge. Quite clearly, the lease must be being breached in the sense of the numbers. The insurance companies must have some view about this, because it leaves everybody else liable and may leave the owner of the particular dwelling subject to sanctions by the insurance company. That may be a route to helping to solve the problem.